China-Laos railway to commence

China-Laos railway to commence
The first segment of the railway will require dozens of bridges and tunnels in Laos

Construction is slated to start soon on the new China-backed 418-kilometer railroad that will snake through Yunnan province into Southeast Asia, linking together Kunming; Vientiane, Laos; Bangkok, Thailand; and end at Dawei in Myanmar, a hopeful mega industrial complex on the Bay of Bengal.

The Chinese are lending Laos $7 billion for the project, which must be repaid and doesn’t take into account environmental costs. The loan amounts to a significant sum of money in the vastly undeveloped country and is nearly equal to Laos’ nominal GDP of $8 billion.

Although the railway has been met with some opposition from developmental groups, it is expected to continue ahead as planned because of its utility as a strategic instrument to rope the region into China’s orbit of influence.

Northern Laos will be receiving 200,000 Chinese workers soon to begin the enormous project that will see the construction of dozens of tunnels and bridges through the mountainous land.

China is expected to benefit tremendously from the new rail work, boosting trade between the economic powerhouse and continental Southeast Asia, opening up an alternative commercial conduit to India and the Middle East via Dawei, if the project’s initial infrastructure demands ever break ground.

Further condemnation for the project has come from the United Nations Development Program, which accuses the loan as bearing terms that will be so onerous to Laos that it will place the country’s “macroeconomic stability in danger.”

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[caption id="attachment_6283" align="alignleft" width="294"] The first segment of the railway will require dozens of bridges and tunnels in Laos[/caption] Construction is slated to start soon on the new China-backed 418-kilometer railroad that will snake through Yunnan province into Southeast Asia, linking together Kunming; Vientiane, Laos; Bangkok, Thailand; and end at Dawei in Myanmar, a hopeful mega industrial complex on the Bay of Bengal. The Chinese are lending Laos $7 billion for the project, which must be repaid and doesn’t take into account environmental costs. The loan amounts to a significant sum of money in the vastly undeveloped country and is...

China-Laos railway to commence
The first segment of the railway will require dozens of bridges and tunnels in Laos

Construction is slated to start soon on the new China-backed 418-kilometer railroad that will snake through Yunnan province into Southeast Asia, linking together Kunming; Vientiane, Laos; Bangkok, Thailand; and end at Dawei in Myanmar, a hopeful mega industrial complex on the Bay of Bengal.

The Chinese are lending Laos $7 billion for the project, which must be repaid and doesn’t take into account environmental costs. The loan amounts to a significant sum of money in the vastly undeveloped country and is nearly equal to Laos’ nominal GDP of $8 billion.

Although the railway has been met with some opposition from developmental groups, it is expected to continue ahead as planned because of its utility as a strategic instrument to rope the region into China’s orbit of influence.

Northern Laos will be receiving 200,000 Chinese workers soon to begin the enormous project that will see the construction of dozens of tunnels and bridges through the mountainous land.

China is expected to benefit tremendously from the new rail work, boosting trade between the economic powerhouse and continental Southeast Asia, opening up an alternative commercial conduit to India and the Middle East via Dawei, if the project’s initial infrastructure demands ever break ground.

Further condemnation for the project has come from the United Nations Development Program, which accuses the loan as bearing terms that will be so onerous to Laos that it will place the country’s “macroeconomic stability in danger.”

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  1. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma_Railway and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_rail_transport_in_Burma#The_Siam-Burma_Railway) The story started in early 20th century when the british surveyed the China to Laos to Siam(now Thailand) to Myanmar for making the first rail tracks. The detailed maps were made but World War 1 cancelled that plan. Then again resurveyed by the british, found it hard to start and then again World War 2 cancelled the construction. But this time, the japanese army used British POWs to connect thailand and burma to invade India (The Bridge on the River Kwai). By the end of the war, large chunks of the link were destroyed by japanese. Burma Railway suffered major losses to maintain the lines. The line which is being made now by China is using the same 100 year old British maps, routes and surveys.

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